Royal Victoria Hospital staff ‘pressured to stop clock’


Royal Victoria Hospital

Roy Beggs said staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital had come under pressure over treatment targets

Staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital have reported coming under pressure to “stop the clock” to avoid breaching AE targets, an MLA has said.

Roy Beggs said he was told of the matter by the chief executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).

The RQIA carried out a review of the Royal’s AE services.

Mr Beggs said staff at the Royal are working under intense pressure and in extremely difficult circumstances.

He said Health Minister Edwin Poots had admitted in a recent statement to the assembly about the Belfast hospital’s AE that “it appears that concern about the 12 and four-hour targets have led to some unacceptable behaviour by some staff”.

“During the health committee, I questioned Dr David Stewart from the RQIA as to what was the unacceptable behaviour that had been reported,” Mr Beggs said.

“Dr Stewart reported that staff had felt pressurised to ‘stop the clock’ in an attempt to give the perception of improved performance.

“The proportion of patients seen within four hours at the RVH is the lowest of all AE units in Northern Ireland.

“It is astonishing to think that frontline staff may have come under pressure to conceal that it was even worse.”

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